2018 MGA Academic Bowl – Calling All Volunteers!

Dear MGA Community (Faculty, Staff, and Students):


On Friday, March 2, 2018, Middle Georgia State University will host the 31st annual MGA Academic Bowl Competition for local high school students in the Teacher Education Building (TEB) on the Macon campus.  As in past competitions, there is a need for volunteers to serve as question readers, scorekeepers, and timekeepers.

If you are interested in volunteering, please let Dr. Christine Rigsby know by emailing to If you have a preference for a particular task (reader, timekeeper, or scorekeeper) please indicate that in your reply.  The schedule for the tournament has not been finalized, but you should plan to arrive around 8:15 am.  The competition should finish up between noon and 1 pm.


If you have not participated before and you are curious about what the various volunteer positions entail, here is a brief description of the various roles.


The tournament is run similar to a quiz show like “Jeopardy.”  Teams of players use a buzzer system to compete for chances to answer questions.


  1. A reader’s role is to keep the tournament moving and organized.  They read the questions and respond to the answers of the participants.  Readers are also responsible for setting the pace of each round in the tournament, keeping the competition rapid and lively.  If you’ve ever dreamed of having a job like Alex Trebek, this is your chance.
  2. Timekeepers are responsible for making sure the players answer within the appropriate time limit.  Timekeepers are also responsible for identifying the player who buzzed in first, and resetting the buzzer system after each question.
  3. Scorekeepers keep track of the score during each round, usually in collaboration and consultation with team coaches.


There may be a practice session scheduled the week before the tournament and there will be more information sent out as the time draws closer.  Attendance at the practice session is not mandatory, but training or refreshers ahead of time make the tournament run more smoothly.

For more information contact Dr. Christine Rigsby via email at